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good math 2 score but bad math 1 score?

DoleWhipDoleWhip Registered User Posts: 308 Member
Back in december, I decided to take the math 1 test because the CB practice tests were so easy. The test was much harder than the 2 practice tests, and I ended up with a 730, which kind of disappointed me.

So I decided to take math 2 in january. I actually found this to be easier than math 1, and it's an 800. I'm really excited about this, because my math subject test is out of the way.

But today in school someone said to me, "How could you do so badly on the easy test and so well on the hard test?" It didn't seem like much, but now it has me worried.

Will it hurt me that I got 800 on math 2 but only 730 on math 1? I would think that it's better to do well on the harder test, but math 2 obviously has a much better curve so I don't know what to think.
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Replies to: good math 2 score but bad math 1 score?

  • khoitrinhkhoitrinh Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    The Math II test is easier to do well on because the curve is much more generous. You can miss far more questions and still have a perfect score.
  • 112358112358 Registered User Posts: 1,944 Senior Member
    I don't know the answer to your question, but I had the same thought about the practice tests in the CB book. I looked at the Math II one in the official guide and found it really easy, then thought the real thing was about 10x harder. Fortunately, I still got an 800, but I think I would have had a better raw score had I been better prepared and known what to expect. Oh well, an 800 is an 800 :) I don't know what's up with the CB practice tests, though.

    But khoitrinh is right, for those who know all the concepts on Math II that test is probably easier than Math I because of the curve.
  • DoleWhipDoleWhip Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    So could it hurt me that I did well on the hard test with an easy curve, but didn't do well on the easy test with a hard curve?
  • XaariXaari Registered User Posts: 241 Junior Member
    I just got back my results from Math I in January - 740 - though I took way more practice tests, around 15 or so. I aced the two Math I actually CB administered tests made available for practice, but on the real thing it was much harder. I'm shooting for Math II in October then. As for you, I don't think you need to worry, as long as you have two other non-math subject tests to back them up. In that case colleges will probably look at Math II only.
  • 100Canadian100Canadian Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    I just got my results for both and im ****ed

    In Math I i got 740 (all the practice tests, including CB ones, had been 790 or 800), and 780 in Math II (again mostly 790+ in practice tests). I'm so angry ****

    I'm in Canada so i had self-studied quite a few things (just started calculus now), and all the stuff i self-studied wasnt on the Level II; even some **** on the level I i had no idea what it was talking about - statistics related crap.

    I'M SO ANGRY ****
  • locknlockn Registered User Posts: 3,033 Senior Member
    Wow is it true about the blue book official tests being easier than than the real ones? I'd always taken them as gospel.
  • 112358112358 Registered User Posts: 1,944 Senior Member
    ^ That's definitely true for the one I looked at. My question is, is the same true for the SAT I College Board guide?
  • JJ09JJ09 Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    i think they'll just look at the math 2 score, same thing happened to me, i just retook the math 1, not really for the schools but just for myself
  • 100Canadian100Canadian Registered User Posts: 183 Junior Member
    I have some advice: if you're studying for Math I, do NOT buy the collegeboard blue-cover book - waste of $

    Instead, buy the Barron's book for Math II - if you can nail all those concepts you'll be fine for level I.

    If you're only taking I and NOT II then go online to as many places as possible I guess
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